March 30 . 5:00-8:00pm
Cambridge Local First Presents
@ CIC Cambridge
March 30 . 5:30-7:30pm
Worcester Local First Presents
Networking with Ed Augustus
@ El Basha
April 11 . 5:30-8:00pm
The Nature Conservancy Presents
The Future of Nature: Climate After the Paris Agreement
@ Calderwood Pavilion
May 13 . 6:00-8:00pm
Presented by SBN & Trustees
Featuring Astraluna, OurCookQuest & Powell & Mahoney
@ St Rose St Garden, JP
May 21 . 8:00am-4:00pm
Sustainability Leadership Summit
featuring Kimber Lanning & John Abrams
@ Lesley University
June 10 - 11 . 3 Sessions
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
@ Arts at the Armory
Dear Members and Friends,
Although keeping abreast of national and world news is critical to a democratic nation like ours, listening or reading the news is not the most inspiring way to spend our time. Many of us focus most of our available time and energy on strengthening our local and regional economy and community. We have a myriad of opportunities to make a positive impact locally and regionally. SBN has worked closely with local solar energy companies to strengthen this important industry and we've come up against some formidable foes in the utility companies and their allies. We continue to work to support legislation that builds and strengthens the important solar energy industry.
SBN is a network of business and nonprofit leaders that focuses our attention on the positive things happening in Massachusetts and New England--the good news! And fortunately there is much good news to talk about! For example, SBN's Fifth Local Food and Specialty Crop Trade Shows were the biggest success yet and the connections made between buyers and sellers of local food products were significant and took us one step closer to transforming our local food system.
Last week SBN joined with eight other Buy Local Groups that are a part of the Massachusetts Coalition for Local Food and Farms to meet with the leaders of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). This was an extraordinary meeting of local leaders from every part of Massachusetts who all share a mission to grow local agriculture and improve the local food system. It is wonderful to have MDAR as an important partner in building a strong local economy that is green and fair!
And I encourage you to join us for the 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit on Saturday, May 21. It will attract business and community leaders from all over Massachusetts who will have the rare opportunity to learn from two of the nation's most exciting and influential local business leaders--Kimber Lanning and John Abrams! These two leaders are making a major impact on their communities and their stories and work are beyond inspirational! This will be a fun and meaningful day! Don't miss it!
27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit to feature Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona &
John Abrams of South Mountain Company!
'Balancing People, Planet & Profit: A Competitive Advantage'
National Leaders Share How to Make a Better Business & a Better World!
Now in its 27th year, SBN's Sustainability Leadership Summit attracts a diverse group of small and local business leaders who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The Summit focuses on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our local economy. Through networking, participants build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building a sustainable business that ensures the long term success of both their business and our planet. The Summit attracts participants from over 100 businesses and organizations who are eager to connect with others to amplify their impact in building a vibrant local economy.
People, Planet & Profits Morning Session
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch & Networking
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Local, Green & Fair Afternoon Session
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
More details coming soon!
Photos Courtesy of Pencil One Commercial Photography
Local Specialty Crop &
Local Food Trade Shows
|On Tuesday, March 8th, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts hosted our 5th Local Specialty Crop and Local Food Trade Shows. Over 250 buyers and producers of local food joined together at the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University to meet and establish new trade relationships. The Trade Shows featured the largest number of both vendors and buyers to date.
Attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops including 'Does Local Matter,' 'Financing for Growth,' and 'Getting In and Staying In.' For the first time, attendees also had the opportunity to sign up for one on one sessions with experts in Sales, Marketing and Finance, allowing them to gain valuable information to help grow their businesses.
SBN is excited about the continued growth of the Trade Shows and the vibrant local food community that the Trade Shows are a part of. The sense of community grows with each event and we look forward to continuing to foster a local, green and fair economy.
SBN Member Registration Open for the 7th Annual Boston Local Food Festival!
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to announce the
7th Annual Boston Local Food Festival
! On Sunday, September 18, 2016, the Festival will return to the Rose F Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston and transform the park into the nation's largest local and sustainable food hub!
Vendor Registration is Open for SBN Members Only - Please Click Here.
Early Bird Registration will be open to the Public in April!
The Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The Festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more. In 2015, the Festival attracted over 140 vendors and 50,000 attendees.
Festival goers learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed "Healthy Local Food for All", the Festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.
The Festival is a zero-waste event, meaning we divert over 91% of our waste each year and we offset 100% of our energy use! All perishable items sold are made from locally sourced products. Best of all, we bring this annual event to the community free of charge. So grab your reusable water bottles and bags and enjoy New England's largest one day farmers market, while celebrating "Healthy Local Food for All"
Tickets on Sale for Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest!
Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:30 - 9:30pm (plus Cask-conditioned beers from selected brewers)
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 3:00 - 6:00pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 7:00 - 10:00pm
SBN is excited to announce our 6th Annual Local Craft Brewfest on June 10 and 11 at Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Tickets are available now!
Choose from 3 sessions:
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors.
The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is a unique event that not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients. SBN's definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England. Hyper-Local means local producers (from New England) making products with ingredients from New England. Examples in the past have included brews made with local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters. While having unlimited 2oz tastings from local brewers, you can also sample and purchase delicious local food from local food vendors.
What's included with admission?
Unlimited tastings from our participating brewers, craft brewers, cideries, meaderies, artisan beverage vendors + Unlimited samples from participating local food vendors, serving size food for sale + Live music and entertainment + Festival Guide with listing of all vendors + Compostable tasting cup + Supporting the local food movement by raising much needed funds for the Boston Local Food Program
| SBN hosted our latest B2B on Thursday, March 24 with a presentation on Social Media Basics for Local & Small Business, presented by SBN Member Teak Media + Communication. In 2016 so far, our members have shared their knowledge on sales, learning who your ideal customer is, the Affordable Care Act and more. The B2B Networking Group is SBN's effort to make more resources accessible to small and local businesses. Have something that your company wants to share or resources that you can offer? Send us an e-mail and connect with us!
Information on our April B2B is coming soon!
Join SBN and Receive Exclusive Benefits & Discounts!
SBN has grown our network by over 25% over the past 10 weeks, there's still time to become a part of our collaborative community working toward building a local, green and fair economy. Take a look at our new and renewing members below!
Do you want to expand the positive impact your business has on our community? Do you want to learn from like-minded business leaders on how to do well and do good?
We invite you to join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). For 28 years, SBN has been raising the bar for how caring and passionate entrepreneurs can contribute to our economy.
SBN is embarking on a major campaign to bring all of the terrific sustainable businesses in Massachusetts together so we can enhance and expand our network and our impact!
Now is the time to build a thriving network of businesses dedicated to growing a local, green & fair economy!
Together we can make a more just and sustainable planet and we invite you to join our sustainable business movement and have some fun doing it!
New Member Benefits:
Act now and don't delay!
- Join a network that is transforming the world
- Learn from business leaders & share Best Practices
- Discounted Rates for SBN Events including:
- Vendor Fees for the Boston Local Food Festival (Member Registration Now Open!)
- Vendor Fees & Admission to the Local Food Trade Shows
- Admission to the Sustainability Leadership Summit
- B2B Networking Events & more!
- Visibility on SBN Website, Social Media & Newsletters
- Listing on DoneGood App
- Discover Best Practices for Sustainable Business
- One Complimentary B2B Upon Joining
- Help SBN Grow and Help Change our World - a Special Bonus!
- When you refer a business who becomes a new SBN member, you will receive a $100 SBN Program Credit.
Welcome to the Newest Members of our Growing Network!
All Fruit Inc
was started so the founders could share their love of dried fruit with family, friends and anyone who is looking for an alternative health snack. Simple in nature, with packaging that allows easy traveling, it can be taken and eaten anywhere; hiking, camping, the car, the beach, the movies, school backpacks and the list goes on! Visit their website and take a look at the great varieties that they have to offer.
Carr's Cider House
has a small footprint but a big, beautiful taste! They are a family-run operation committed to handcrafting small batch, barrel-aged hard ciders as well as apple cider-based products for the pantry. Their historic orchard is located on the northwest slope of Mt. Warner in Massachusetts, overlooking the breathtakingly beautiful Connecticut River Valley.
to find out where to purchase their products!
The Farmer's Cow
is a group of six Connecticut family-owned farms dedicated to putting a face on Connecticut agriculture. They encourage people to visit their farms to see the cows and learn about dairy farming. Along with dairy products, they also sell locally-sourced eggs, apple cider, summer beverages and locally roasted coffee. Find where to buy their products
loves pickles, flavor and Rhode Island! Since Rhode Island didn't have a great pickle to call its own, Fox Point Picking decided to step up and give the Ocean State a delicious small batch pickle to call their own. Located on the east side of Providence, the team learned how to make pickles, perfected their recipe, tricked their friends and neighbors into tasting everything and came up with a plan. Now you can enjoy these delicious, Rhode Island made pickles at your next
, brunch or clam bake!
The Galley Ice Cream
started in 2012 when foodie Kelly Williamson was inspired to get into her kitchen and begin experimenting with new and exciting concoctions. This turned into a hobby and then an obsession! Using premium ingredients, The Galley strives to elevate the experience of eating ice cream by giving customers something they've never had. Their ice cream is available at pop up events, for wholesale and delivery! Learn more on their
Golden Girl Granola
has a mission to provide a naturally healthful and deliciously crunchy product of the highest quality to their customers. Their promise is that their granola is whole-grain and healthful, uses the finest, all-natural ingredients, is locally produced with locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, is wheat-free, non-GMO, hand-crafted in small, artisan batches and beyond delicious!
Grin Hola is a company solely focused on producing the finest quality granola available. They use pure and natural ingredients with healthy nuts
to give you a boost at any time of day. Their granola is handmade on Cape Cod and use quality ingredients with no fillers. Their recipe increases the amount of nuts for extra protein, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy it with yogurt and fruit, as a cereal, with ice cream or even on salads. The possibilities are endless!
is a community-owned market with two stores in the greater Boston area: one in Cambridge's Central Square and one on Washington St in JP. With over 4,000 member-owners, Harvest specializes in organic, natural and wholesome food choices. You will find fresh, local produce in season, fresh fish right off the pier, local and imported cheeses, naturally raised meat, bulk spices, unique wines and beer and more! Visit one of their stores to check out their selection and support another great local business!
The Kitchen Garden
is a 25-acre, Certified Organic vegetable farm located near Sunderland, MA. The land has been divided into smaller sections to allow many different types of crops to be planted. Their growing practices reflect their deep commitment to the quality of their products, the health of their land and the safety of their workers. They only use natural products and sustainable techniques to grow their vegetables, and in 2014 became Certified Organic.
seeks to create a new experience for locals and tourists alike - a unique blend of old-world Korean cuisine paired with fresh, international flavors. With influences that hail from half a world away, they look for the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients to achieve the perfect dish. Koy provides a warm, intimate experience in the middle of one of Boston's busiest neighborhoods!
has been maintaining unmatched levels of product quality and customer service for 86 years. As a unique combination of specialty grocery store, garden center, and premium gift business, the store has transformed from its beginnings as a fruit and vegetable shop. They offer a wide variety of natural, organic and locally sourced products as well as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, GMO-free, fair trade and more! Visit their shop or website to learn more!
Q's Nuts is a small family-owned and operated artisan nut company founded in 2000 with the simple philosophy that wholesome ingredients, a love of good food, and a passion for creating in the kitchen would create some of the best tasting roasts around. Q's Nuts are only made in small batches with the finest ingredients, always assuring a fresh quality product. Their line of sweet, savory, and exotic flavors are inspired by meals enjoyed, places visited and closely held family recipes.
is a family run business, established in 1944 in Randolph Center, VT. They produce 100% pure Vermont maple syrup that is strictly graded according to Vermont standards for color, flavor, and density. Visit their website to see their products, events and recipes and read Bette's blog to learn more about Silloway Maple!
Vicki Lee's Bakeshop
is the creation of Watertown, MA native, Vicki Lee Boyajian.
Located in Cushing Square in Belmont, MA, Vicki Lee's opened in 2006 and features an upscale and chic environment that Vicki Lee has carefully crafted both in her shop and offsite. Vicki Lee's is a restaurant and cafe as well as a full service catering and take-away shop. Peruse the menus on their website and try their delicious offerings yourself!
Cambridge Brewing Company
is nationally acclaimed and locally cherished. Since their inception in 1989, Cambridge Brewing has been at the forefront of the Pub Brewery Movement. They operate as sustainably as possible, striving for zero waste. Their spent grain from the brewing process is used as animal feed by local farmers, all of their lighting is LED, their cleaning supplies are non-toxic, and they encourage their staff to bike to work! They also change their menu seasonably, based on availability of ingredients from local farmers and producers.
Cambridge Naturals was founded in 1974 with the vision of establishing a community natural health store. Their mission is to provide the best choices in nutritional supplements for health and wellness, clean body care products and organic foods. They are committed to sourcing products locally, organically, and ethically via fair trade and direct trade channels and donating a portion of their profits to social and environmental organizations that impact their community.
Delta Foodservice Group
is a part of the Delta Group which offers financial services to small and medium manufacturing companies in central Massachusetts. The Delta Food service Group was launched in the beginning of 2013, formalizing a network with half a dozen industry veterans. Delta Foodservice Group has received recognition for their work with the Paris Creperie and other local food businesses.
's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate through their success the contribution of worker cooperatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Fair Food Network launched the Fair Food Fund in 2012 to grow the 'missing middle' and build robust regional food systems - systems that support the health of people, the environment, and the economy. The Fund provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food. The Fair Food Fund not only helps entrepreneurs succeed but builds a pipeline of investment-ready enterprise, providing a vehicle for funders looking to make a meaningful difference in our food system.
Sustainable America was founded in 2012 and since then has made a direct impact on food and fuel sustainability through campaigns, consulting, investments and events. Some of their proudest accomplishments include educating 17,800,000 people, diverting 26,600,000 pounds of food waste from the landfills and saving 70,000 tanks of gas.
Cambridge Local First
CLF presents LocalBuzz on Wednesday, March 30 in the Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center from 5:00-8:00pm. Come and taste local Cambridge treats including beer, coffee, chocolate, and honey. The first 150 guests will receive a free gift bag! This event is free but
JP Local First
Jamaica Plain is kicking off Spring 2016 with the JP Style Fashion Walk - a fashion tour along Centre and South Street. Come by Thursday, April 7th 2016 from 4pm to 8pm for a night of style blending and bending.
Find more information here!
Worcester Local First
Join Worcester Local First on Wednesday, March 30 for a free networking event at El Basha, Worcester's City Manager, Ed Augustus.
Please RSVP here.
CABA Featured on the WHDH-TV Urban Update
On Sunday, March 6, Quinton Zondervan, Cindy Luppi, Marc Breslow and Emily Kirkland of the Climate Action Business Association (CABA) were featured on the 7News Urban Update. The four were interviewed by host Alberto Vasallo and discussed climate pricing in Massachusetts. The discussion treated climate change as a widely-acknowledged problem in Massachusetts and showed carbon pricing to be a mainstream solution. Watch the entire interview here.
Green Tip of the Month: Bring Your Own Bag!
Plastic bags have huge negative environmental impacts and municipalities are taking notice! The City of Brookline and others have banned the use of plastic bags, Cambridge's Bring your Own Bag Ordinance takes effect on March 31 and Somerville will ban plastic bags at the end of 2016. More cities are realizing the need to take this step - get a head start and make it a habit to start bringing your own reusable bag today!